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Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying Coming July 28 From Free League Publishing

Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying

Free League Publishing have announced that the official release of Vaesen – Nordic Horror Roleplaying will happen on July 28. A brand new roleplaying game line based on the works of illustrator and author Johan Egerkrans, the Vaesen RPG offers an exciting take on Gothic folklore horror with a unique Nordic twist.

The core rulebook, along with a GM Screen and map, a card pack and a set of custom dice, is already available for pre-order in the Free League webshop. All pre-orders get early access to the full PDF of the game.

Written by award-winning author Nils Hintze (Tales From the Loop RPG) and based on the work of Swedish illustrator and author Johan Egerkrans, Vaesen presents a dark Gothic setting steeped in Nordic folklore and old myths of Scandinavia. The game mechanics use an adapted version of the award-winning Year Zero Engine. The game was funded in a very successful Kickstarter last fall, gaining the support of close to 4,000 backers.

In the Vaesen RPG, the players step into the roles of 19th-century investigators in the Mythic North. They have all been born with the Sight, and are able to see what normal people cannot. Embarking on journeys to remote villages in the wilderness, the players will uncover the secrets of the Mythic North. Armed with nothing but their courage, conviction, and ability to see the supernatural, they will face the creatures of the forest.

Atlas Games Releases Breakdancing Meeples

Breakdancing Meeples

Atlas Games has released Breakdancing Meeples, a new board game from designer Ben Moy.

In Breakdancing Meeples, players roll and re-roll wooden dancer-shaped tokens (“meeples”) as fast as they can to complete dance routines and score points. The game plays in four one-minute rounds; a companion app handles the timing, scorekeeping, and counting down to hip hop beats.

To play Breakdancing Meeples, each player begins with six dancers and two dance routines. Each dance routine requires a different combination of dancers. For example, “House Party” requires two meeples that land on its sides, one that lands on its feet, and one that lands on its head. During the round, everyone rolls meeples as fast as they can, locking in useful rolls and re-rolling the rest, scoring points — crowd appeal — as they come together. After four one-minute dance rounds, the crew with the most crowd appeal wins the trophy.

Breakdancing Meeples is designed for two to four players, ages eight and up. The game comes in a metal tin and includes four sets of screen-printed meeple dancers, scoring cubes, and a deck of poker-sized dance routine cards.

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Deadline for Tabletop Entries in Serious Game Award Program Extended to July 15

Due to the interruption in work-life caused by COVID-19, the deadline for tabletop game entries in the 2020 International Serious Play Awards program has been extended to July 15, 2020.

The Tabletop category recognizes outstanding card and board games designed for education, corporate training, government/military, healthcare/medical staff or patient games as well as exemplary table top games for museums and other non-profits. An “other” category is offered for novel entries.

Judges provide comment. Award winners will be given a free registration to the next Serious Play Conference at the University of Florida campus in Orlando, FL. and invited to display their game on Game Night.

To submit a game, use the following link.

Show Your Love of Dungeons & Dragons and RPGs with this New T-Shirt Design from Ript

Ript Apparel has three new designs and one is for fans of Dungeons & Dragons and roleplaying games! Warlock by vale.vfKff is on sale today only! Get it before it’s gone!



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Tiny Battle Publishing is Now Shipping A Matter of Honor

Matter of Honor

A Matter of Honor is an action-packed two-player tactical board game using a simple but effective area impulse activation system. The game captures the dramatic intensity of the Battle of Le Bourget during the Franco-Prussian War and its desperate house to house fighting. Added chromes include random event cards featuring historical events players may use to influence the outcome of the battle. Units are companies of elite Prussian Guards, facing determined French Regulars and National Guardsmen in a fight to the finish and for a matter of honor.

The game by Jacques Rabier, developed by Art Bennett, features game art by José Ramon Faura.

The game comes with a rulebook, 24 event cards, three double-sided player aids, a game map, and 120 counters.

Riot Quest: Wintertime Wasteland on Kickstarter Now!

Riot Quest: Wintertime Wasteland

The Riot Quest chaos continues with the new Wintertime Wasteland starter box! After plundering and looting all they could find in the more civilized corners of the Iron Kingdoms, the heroes (and villains) of Riot Quest are headed to the strange, frozen north in search of more treasure.

In Riot Quest, players assemble a crew of 5–10 Heroes and an equal number of Riot Gear cards to compete with up to three other players in a chaotic battle to score treasure and rack up victory points in an Arena.

This starter is fully compatible with all previous Riot Quest releases and kicks off a brand new block of post-apocalyptic, winter-themed models and expansions for the game. Wintertime Wasteland introduces new Arena maps, new Bounty and Treasure decks, and loads of new beautifully sculpted Hero models.

The Wintertime Wasteland also introduces exciting new game mechanics, like ultra-powerful Legendary Riot Gear and Tag-Team Heroes (that’s two Heroes combining their efforts to work as single game piece in your Crew). This Kickstarter represents the first half of the Wintertime Wasteland block with even more expansions coming later in 2021. If you’re new to Riot Quest, Wintertime Wasteland is a perfect starting point to take the icy plunge into the loot-questing lifestyle. And if you’re a veteran scavenger with a seasoned Crew, Wintertime Wasteland is ripe with new blood to add to your Bench.

So, get your fightin’ pants on! It’s time to gear up, wreck face, and get paid!

Lock in your pledge before Thursday, July 23, 2020!

Practice Your Dexterity with The Great Cake Escape

The Great Cake Escape

WizKids has announced that The Great Cake Escape, an all-new game for 2-4 devious bakers!

In this dexterity game from designer Jay Treat, players are bakers who earn a little extra dough on the side by smuggling contraband into the local prison—inside their cakes! Players will push escape tools worth varying numbers of points, ranging from screwdrivers to chainsaws, into a three-dimensional cardboard cake while pushing their opponents’ tools out. But be careful! At the end of the game, the guards will inspect the cake, confiscating the most visible item in each layer. The player who has the most total points after the guards’ inspection wins!

The game is for those age 14+. Games should last 15-30 minutes.

Retailing for $29.99, the game comes with a 3-D Cake featuring three layers, 44 tool pieces (11 per player), and a rulesheet.

With sweet mechanics and a deliciously delightful table presence, this game is sure to be the icing on the cake at your next game night! The Great Cake Escape is available now.

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Starcadia Quest: Heart of a Star Preview

Starcadia Quest: Heart of a Star

(W) James Roberts (A) Aurelio Mazzara (CA) Nicoletta Baldari
In Shops: Jul 08, 2020
SRP: $9.99

CMON games brings their most beloved game properties to graphic novels!

The Starcadia universe is expanding for the first time with all new stories. Expanding the world of Starcadia Quest, the latest stand-alone game in the Arcadia Quest family where players fight alien monsters and each other, find new gear, explore the far reaches of space, and do their best to not become alien chow.

Starcadia Quest: Heart of a Star

Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #4 (of 5) Preview

Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #4 (of 5)

(W) Jim Zub (A/CA) Max Dunbar
In Shops: Jul 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Delina, Shandie, and Krydle fight to hold back the hordes of devils attacking Elturel while Minsc and Nerys struggle to survive the Blood War raging below! Souls and sanity are set to crumble as the Infernal Tides roll in!

Dungeons & Dragons established the roleplaying game category with great storytelling for both tabletop and video game audiences. It continues to be a cultural force in bookstores and online!

Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides #4 (of 5)

Vampire: The Masquerade #1 Gets a Variant David Mack Cover

Vault has announced a set of new Vampire: The Masquerade #1 variant covers from legendary artist David Mack.

The gorgeous, painted piece by Mack will come in two different printed variants. The first, in a lush purple and blue, will be a standard, open order variant. The blood red version will be a special, deluxe variant, printed on thick card stock, with silver foiling and spot-gloss highlights, and will retail for $9.99. 

Each issue of the Vampire: The Masquerade will include exclusive material for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition of the tabletop RPG from Modiphius Entertainment. These materials enable readers to play alongside the unfolding comic events in their own in-game chronicles.

Sink your teeth into the hidden world of vampires, ghouls, and hunters who live in the shadows and scheme among us. In the comic series, Cecily Baine, an enforcer for the Twin Cities’ elite cabal of Kindred (vampires), takes a mysterious young vampire under her wing and is swept up in a conspiracy that can shake the foundations of vampire society. 

Vampire: The Masquerade is co-written by Tim SeeleyTini Howard, and Blake Howard, with art by Devmalya Pramanik and Nathan Gooden, with colors by Addison Duke, letters by AndWorld Design, design by Tim Daniel, and covers by Aaron CampbellNathan Gooden, and David Mack. The first issue will hit store shelves on August 5th, 2020. 

When Cecily Brine, a courier for the Twin Cities Camarilla, takes a mysterious younger vampire under her wing, she’s dragged into an insidious conspiracy. Will she be able to escape with her unlife and protect her aging, Alzheimer’s afflicted sister, or will she be yet another pawn sacrificed to the Masquerade?

Meanwhile, an Anarch coterie investigates a mysterious killing.

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